ROME, JANUARY 3 – Italy’s seat at the Security Council and its presidency of the G7 are “an opportunity to be heard by a larger audience: it is in our country’s national interest to have a stable situation in Libya and, at last, peace in Syria. At the same time, it is the international community’s best interest as well. The Mediterranean has come to portray all sorts of dangers: terrorism, war, unchecked migration. This situation is in nobody’s interest”, said Mario Giro, Undersecretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an interview published by daily newspaper L’Unita’.
“Italian foreign policy, which has traditionally relied on dialogue and negotiation, becomes all the more relevant today. It is also critical to strengthen efforts, not only by Italy, to catalyze more humanitarian corridors”, remarked Giro.
The year 2017 appears complex: “If Turkey slips into chaos, it will drag us all along”, said Giro in his comments about the New Year’s Eve attack in Istanbul. The Undersecretary warned that “this is no time to be overly optimistic: we need to be aware that we are surrounded by the risk of war and such awareness must lead to stronger efforts in favor of peace and stability. However, two concrete positive signals have surfaced from this alarming scenario: the cease-fire in Syria and the Agreement reached in the Democratic Republic of the Congo”. (VB for @OnuItalia)